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Sand goanna

sand goanna (Varanus gouldii)
Shark Bay, WA
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Varanus gouldii - (Gray, 1838)
Pronunciation  vah-RAH-nuss   GULE-dee-ee
Etymology  Varanus: a Latinisation of the Arabic word, Waran, for lizards of the Arabian Peninsula. These lizards were said to warn of the presence of crocodiles, and became known in English as monitors.1 In Australia, they are typically called goannas.
gouldii: after John Gould, prominent British naturalist.1
Other names  Gould's monitor
Sand goanna
Sand monitor
 
 
Total length
Species avg: 160 cm
Reproduction
Oviparous
Clutch size
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos

Range

Found in the following Australian states/territories

New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia

Habitat

Recorded from the following parks/reserves

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